A leader driving a change initiative must be clear about:
- The degree of change targeted.
- The time frame.
- Resources required and how to get them.
- Her/his preferred management style.
A change leader also needs to contextualize initiatives in terms of cost, complexity, schedule, and risk according to :
- How many people will be impacted by the change and how much behavior has to change. For example, a new time tracking system may require everyone in the organization to change a little while a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system may change a smaller group of people a great deal.
- How extensive the change will be in terms of systems and processes. For example, a new departmental asset tracking system will require far less change to systems and processes than migrating from a product-based to a customer based business.